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PTSD And Depression Are Often Related

Posted Apr 09 2009 5:46pm

Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are two items that commonly go together. Because post traumatic stress disorder sometimes can take months to diagnose and longer than that to recover. Many people will begin having symptoms without realizing there is a much deeper problem. It could be triggered by a multitude of events. Those ranging from kidnapping, to car accidents, rape, and even natural disasters like flooding or earthquakes. As of recent, studies have shown that an airplane crash could also be in this category. Prior to studies being done to better treat PTSD, many believed it only affected war veterans, etc. Because it is real disorder and touches so many people, continuous studies and trials are being suggested for treatment. New methods and concepts are showing up all the time.

Symptoms relating to PTSD and depression may include trouble sleeping or even being able to fall asleep and stay asleep. To have that feeling of being on “high alert” also comes into play. Those who experience PTSD and depression struggle against rest in fear that the very experience they are avoiding may occur again. Whether it be in their thoughts or even more inside their dreams. Flashbacks are very real, as well. Usually, you don’t even realize you are depressed. Until you become so distraught that it begins to impair every area of your life. To alleviate that numbing, distraught feeling there are new methods being introduced to bring relief to the variety of people it influences.

An area closely related to PTSD and depression could include unexplained irritability. You may not notice the irritability, but many times others around you will. They may suggest that you are quick to “fly off the handle”. This irritable behavior can upset your entire life, not to mention those who care about you and see that your depressed. Incidentally, about half of women that are affected by PTSD and depression also have co-occurring problems such as social anxiety, specific fears, and alcohol abuse.

Overcoming PTSD is the only the first step to creating a better life. Now it’s easier than ever to get relief from the disorder while in the privacy of your own home and without the costly therapy sessions. New techniques have emerged from research of the functions of the brain and how those functions can now be manipulated in a very short time frame as compared to traditional therapy but still having the same result. It is much easier than people would have you believe.If you want a better life for yourself and your family, you start with beating the syndrome and then tackle the mountain of personal development and pull yourself away from the gutter of life. I can help, but only you can take the first step.

To bring awareness of this subject will hopefully encourage those struggling to look beyond the normal terms of treatment and research what is out there. Post traumatic stress disorder is a disorder that takes many facets to understand. Many are just recognizing that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression can be linked together. Which is why there are new treatments and therapy ideas available. The biggest obstacle to overcome is the ability to recognize that you may have PTSD and need help.

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